Clarion Selects Cross Country Automotive Services to Deliver a Combined End-to-End Telematics Solution

Las Vegas, NV – (January 9, 2007) – Clarion, a leading manufacturer of mobile electronics, has selected Cross Country Automotive Services, a leading provider of integrated vehicle and driver programs including telematics services, emergency roadside assistance, consumer affairs handling, and retail marketing services, to deliver a combined end-to-end Telematics hardware and services solution to the automotive industry.

As a leading multimedia hardware provider with 20 years experience in the Telematics market, Clarion brings an unparalleled knowledge of OEM hardware design, development, and manufacturing to the relationship. Cross Country Automotive Services brings award-winning customer service, a deep understanding of the automotive market, and a single unified service delivery platform that enables seamless coverage and delivery of numerous safety, security, and convenience services. By working closely together through the vehicle integration, wireless carrier implementation, and service package development, the two companies will bring a seamless solution to the marketplace that will ease implementation costs and time to market for automotive OEMs.

“This cooperation will offer OEMs a single point of contact for their complete Telematics solution,” said Matt Matsuda, President of Clarion Corporation of America. “This is yet another example of how Clarion strives to offer OEM solutions that meet critical consumer demands.”

“We are pleased that Clarion selected us based on our 10 years of experience delivering direct to vehicle telematics services to a number of automakers as well as our sophisticated, cost effective, and flexible services delivery platform” said Michael Saxton, president of Cross Country Automotive Services. Discussions continue with multiple OEMs.

About Clarion:

Clarion Corporation of America has its headquarters in Cypress, California and is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Clarion Company Ltd., ranked among the top 100 Global OEM Suppliers by Automotive News. Clarion, an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940, is positioned as the number one independent car audio manufacturer. Clarion conducts research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of vehicle entertainment, navigation, communications and security products for the automotive and recreational vehicle environments. Clarion has over 10,037 employees worldwide and 12 factories in 10 countries, with marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the Web at

About Cross Country Automotive Services:

Headquartered in Medford, Massachusetts, Cross Country Automotive Services ( is a leading provider of integrated vehicle and driver programs in North America with a roadside assistance, emergency services, navigation, and vehicle travel assistance infrastructure that is built to directly support the telematics initiatives of automakers and after-market providers. Over 1,800 Cross Country employees serve more than 100 corporate clients and their more than 50 million customers each year. Cross Country Automotive Services is a part of The Cross Country Group, one of the largest privately held providers of customer service programs in the United States.

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